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TOKYO, Nov. 3 (22:35) Kyodo

Baseball: Uchikawa, Wada lead Hawks to Game 1 victory in PLCS finals

FUKUOKA - Seiichi Uchikawa hit a two-run triple and Tsuyoshi
Wada pitched seven innings of one-run ball as the Softbank Hawks beat
the Seibu Lions 4-2 in Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series
final stage Thursday.

The Hawks now lead the series two games to none as they entered
the final stage with an automatic one-game lead for winning the
league title. They need two more wins to reach the Japan Series.

Baseball: Ishikawa leads charge as Swallows rebound in Game 2

NAGOYA - Masanori Ishikawa pitched seven shutout innings in a
duel with fellow lefty Chen Wei-yin, pinch-hitter Yasushi Iihara
broke a scoreless deadlock with a solo homer in the eighth and the
Yakult Swallows beat the Chunichi Dragons 3-1 to take Game 2 of the
Climax Series final stage on Thursday.

The CL champion Dragons, who had an automatic one-game lead as
the pennant winner, lead the series against the second-place Swallows
two games to one after their victory in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Soccer: Urawa still on relegation red alert after thrashing to Jubilo

SAITAMA, Japan - Relegation remained a grippingly real prospect
for former Asian champions Urawa Reds after the J-League's biggest
club were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Jubilo Iwata on Thursday

Jubilo striker Ryoichi Maeda celebrated his recall to the
national team with a double, nodding home in each half, and Ryohei
Yamazaki marked a superb game by scoring the second for the visitors
shortly after halftime.

Baseball: Kuriyama inks 2-year deal with Fighters

TOKYO - Baseball analyst Hideki Kuriyama on Thursday formally
accepted the offer to become the new Nippon Ham Fighters' manager on
a two-year contract.

''After going over the terms, I have agreed to accept their
offer,'' Kuriyama told reporters. ''I am extremely nervous. I feel a
great weight of responsibility in accepting this position.''

Soccer: Leandro Domingues double keeps Kashiwa in control atop

KASHIWA, Japan - Leandro Domingues grabbed a first-half brace as
Kashiwa Reysol preserved their two-point lead at the top of the table
with a 4-0 thrashing of visiting Albirex Niigata in the J-League on

Jorge Wagner added a third and Junya Tanaka sealed victory in
the dying seconds, but victories for Gamba Osaka and reigning
champions Nagoya Grampus means there is still everything to play for
as the three-horse title race moves into the final three games of the

Baseball: Matsui to go on free agent market

OAKLAND, California - The window for Hideki Matsui and three
other Japanese prospective free agents to negotiate exclusively with
their respective clubs closed Wednesday, meaning they are free to
test the free agent market.

Matsui (Oakland Athletics) along with outfielder Kosuke Fukudome
(Cleveland Indians) and right-handers Hiroki Kuroda (Los Angeles
Dodgers) and Takashi Saito (Milwaukee Brewers) can negotiate with
other major league teams starting Thursday.

Boxing: K. Kameda to face Macias in 3rd title defense

TOKYO - WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda will face
challenger Mario Macias of Mexico in his third title defense on Dec.
12 in Osaka, boxing sources said Thursday.

Koki, who has a record of 26-1 with 16 knockouts, will meet the
12th-ranked Macias in a triple feature of the Kameda boxing brothers
at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Macias is 23-7 (11 KOs) with one no

Soccer: Nagatomo may miss Japan's World Cup qualifiers

MILAN, Italy - Ailing defender Yuto Nagatomo is in danger of
missing Japan's World Cup qualifiers in Tajikistan and North Korea
after Inter Milan said he may not be fit for this weekend's Serie A
match against Genoa.

Inter said on Wednesday that Nagatomo's right-calf injury
announced a day earlier could be more serious than initially expected
and has made him questionable for Sunday's game away to Genoa.

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